Groundhog Day Is Coming Up Soon! Fun Activity to do with your students.

Groundhog Day is coming up fast. Crossing my fingers and hoping that the groundhog does not see his shadow.  If you are looking for some useful and FREE printables, websites, and videos, you may want to check out the official Groundhog website page

Here are some great links for Groundhog Day.  

Here is a great video:

This is a fabulous passage and comprehension pack,

I've found this groundhog activity that has been pinned on Pinterest by Mrs. Riicca's Kindergarten. This activity is very similar to the activity that I've been doing with my Kinders for many years in the past.

After reading and discussing Groundhog Day with the students, I had them color and cut out a picture of a groundhog. Students glue it to a popsicle stick and insert it into a styrofoam cup.  Students can use a green strip of paper and cut out slits to form the grass popping out. Instead of gluing the poem onto the cup, I have students copy it on lined paper using their best Kindergarten handwriting. This poem is sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot." 

You can grab a copy of this poem here

You can find some great poems at 

I did change the lyrics a bit to make it simpler for the kiddos to copy. Each week during literacy center time, I like to have my students do an art activity and I have them copy a poem to go along with it. Copying the poem is great handwriting practice for the kiddos as they learn to read and pick out many new sight words. This Can Teach website has so many fun poems to choose from that go along with so many activities that you can use throughout the school year.  

Here are the groundhogs I decided to use with my class and a copy of the poems. You can grab a copy of these by clicking on the links below. 

                                                              Groundhog Poem 
Groundhog Puppets 

Unlocking Kindness: A Guide to Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week 2024 in Schools


Get ready for Random Acts of Kindness Week 2024, happening from February 14th to 20th, with the highlight being Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17. In this blog post, we'll explore ways to make kindness a daily practice, particularly in educational settings. Join us in spreading positivity and making a difference! Challenge yourself and your students to do something kind for someone else. It can be as easy as holding the door open for someone else or just smiling.  Not only is it special for the receiver, but it also feels good for the doer! Kindness rewards everyone with increased energy and well-being. It can actually reduce stress. Who doesn't want reduced stress in their life? 

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom:

As a kindergarten teacher, you can imagine how hectic things may get. However, I know through years of experience that I must continue to be my bubbly self, show lots of positivity, and teach students how to be kind to each other consistently. Positive benefits will soon rub off on even the most challenging students when kindness is infused within the classroom. Some students need to be explicitly taught what kindness looks like and what kindness sounds like. We just can't assume that students come to school knowing the powerful effects of kindness. 

To teach students what kindness means, you could begin with defining it.


  1. the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

    Learn effective strategies, including using the Frayer model to define and discuss kindness, encouraging students to describe and illustrate kindness qualities, and acting out kind behaviors in various settings. 

    You could have students describe what it looks like and sounds like to a thinking partner. Students could work in partners or in small groups to make their own drawings or posters to show kindness. I think this activity would be best to work with others as they need to show kindness qualities as they cooperatively work in pairs or groups. Have students share their work with the class. Students could also act out ways to be kind in several different settings. Ask how they can show kindness in their school, at home, or in their community.
    Students need to understand that kindness does not require money and it can take just a little bit of their time. 


    Simple Acts of Kindness:

    Explore easy ways to promote kindness without the need for money. From compliments and smiles to helping a friend or contributing to the community, discover a variety of acts that students can incorporate into their daily lives. Emphasize the importance of small gestures and the positive impact they can have on others.

    Here are just a few easy ways to show examples:

    *Compliment others.
    *Smile as you pass by others.
    *Send someone a random note of appreciation.
    *Hold the door open for others to pass by.
    *Offer to help out a friend who is struggling with their work.
    *Read a book to others.
    *Invite someone new to play a game.
    *Offer to help out your parents with chores around the house without being asked to do so, such as setting the table, dusting, doing laundry, or sweeping the floor.
    *Clean up an area around your home, school, or local park.
    *Offer to let a classmate go before you are in line.
    *Donate unwanted toys, clothing, or books to those in need.
    * Make a card or a craft and send it to a senior center or nursing home.
    *Collect canned goods and donate to a local food bank.
    *Help out around the class without being asked to do so, such as passing out papers, organizing a bookshelf, sweeping the floor, or washing the tables.
    *Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
    *Return a lost item and try to find its rightful owner.
    *Tell random people walking by to have a good day.

  2. Kindness Freebie: 

  3. Download a free Kindness Trees activity designed to help students record their acts of kindness. This interactive tool allows students to visually track their positive contributions and serves as a great conversation starter about kindness. You can grab this here


    Engaging Winter Writing Prompts:

  5. For more engaging activities, check out Winter Writing Prompts that spark creativity and encourage expression. Find inspiration to keep the momentum of kindness alive even during the colder months.

  1.                                                                                                                    District-Wide Kindness Challenge: 

  2. Learn about an inspiring district-wide initiative where classrooms record acts of kindness on paper strips to create a collaborative paper chain. Discover the exciting plans, including surprising another elementary school with decorated posters and popsicles, fostering a sense of unity and positivity.

  3. In the amazing district that I am working in, teachers will challenge students to show acts of kindness throughout each day and each classroom will record some of the acts of kindness on strips of paper to assemble together to make a paper chain. Each classroom will bring their completed chains to the auditorium and we will hang it proudly. We plan on surprising another elementary school within our district with decorated posters signed by all the students within our school and popsicles to enjoy at lunch. We plan on giving them a video chat during their morning gathering to share the good news and stating "Your School is Cool." I think the kids will love receiving the popsicle treats. Students will be making Valentine's Cards and sending them to area nursing homes. It should be a fun-filled week and I can't wait to get started. Teachers and students decorated their doors to kick off this special event. (See photo above) You can grab a freebie by Especially Education to get this awesome lettering to make this banner along with a couple of others.

    Special Spirit Days:

  4. Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week with special spirit days, promoting a sense of community. From Peace Love Kindness Day to Crazy for Kindness Day, these themed days encourage students to express kindness in creative ways.

  5. Here is an example:

    Monday: Peace Love Kindness Day (wear a positive message or peace sign)
    Tuesday: Powered by Kindness Day (dress up as a superhero, wear a cape)
    Wednesday: Crazy for Kindness Day (dress up in crazy clothes or wear a crazy hairstyle)
    Thursday: Ride the Wave to Kindness Day (dress up in beach/surfer attire)
    Friday: Kindness the Our School Way Day (dress up in Spirit Wear) students will wear our school colors

Encouraging Genuine Kindness:

  1. Most importantly, I feel that throughout your discussions it is important that students understand that you should not expect anything in return for doing an act of kindness. Kindness comes from the heart! Too often kids expect a reward or recognition for the least little thing. Yes, it is important to praise kiddos when you see kindness happening in your classroom, however, we can't overdo it or we will lose the true meaning of its effectiveness. 


  2. Conclusion: 

  3. As we approach Random Acts of Kindness Week, let's unite to foster a culture of kindness in our schools and communities. Encourage students to make kindness a part of their daily lives, creating a brighter and more compassionate world for all.


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop

Students must recognize that doing acts of kindness is something that can be done every day of the year. 

Kindness inspires more Kindness!